Just when we thought that flying and riding on the road is something which came into being recently, one might be for a surprise to find that it’s actually not the case. Way back in 1954, the Aerocar N101D made headlines despite some technical glitches, due to the fact that it was one of the first creations in the auto world, which could fly and ply on the road with equal ease. Courtesy Aircraft, an enterprise which specializes in selling the rarest of vintage military and civilian aircraft carriers, is undertaking the task of selling this, but with a price tag of $1.3 million.
During its time, there weren’t too many enthusiastic buyers hence it didn’t go into extensive production lines, but never the less gained notary for its functional concept. Now only 5 of these are known to exist, and this happens to be one of them. Talking of the basic frame description, this automobile consists of a small 2-seater cabin up front with regular driving controls, besides the airplane related controlling system. At the rear end, is a modular fixture, which comprises of a full-sized wing set and flying engine, which attached to the front cabin transforms the vehicle into a functional airplane. On the ground, this wing set can be towed along like a wagon, to the rear end of car, and driven along on roads, just like other wagons. The only disadvantage however, is the noisy set up, because of the extensive use of metal in its construction.
Speaking of the technical components of this vehicle, the engine is a Lycoming 0-320 4-cylinder 150 HP machine, with the capability to glide the plane at 110 m/ph. The service height however, remains at around 12,000 feet above the ground.
However, in terms of weight it is a total of 2,100-lbs in totality, meaning a rather light-weight automotive in comparison.This piece of automotive history is now on sale, and could be true collectors’ items for an aviation fan.